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praying for a miracle. still no sign of life for four miners trapped in a west virginia mine for more than a day and a half. targeting terror. the u.s. government approves the killing of an american cleric. and body on board. two women are caught trying to sneak a dead man onto an airplane. sneak a dead man onto an airplane. >> he wasn't dead. captioning funded by cbs good morning, thanks for joining us, i'm michelle gielan. they're praying for a miracle in west virginia this morning. a desperate effort is under way to reach four missing miners trapped by monday's coal mine explosion. the blast killed at least 25 miners. rescue crews are drilling shafts
to vent deadly gases but they don't expect to break through until late today. terrell brown is in montcoal, west virginia with more. good morning, terrell. >> reporter: good morning to you. we saw a number of fire trucks racing back toward that coal mine this morning. apparently there was a brushfire on or near the property. no word this morning on how serious that was. meanwhile rescuers continue to work to save the lives of those four missing miners. and as the hours go by, time is running out. just a few miles from the upper big branch mine, mourners gathered to pray and to draw comfort from each other. 25 miners died monday and four remain missing following a massive explosion at a west virginia coal mine. no one is giving up hope of finding survivors. it's possible the missing made it to an airtight rescue chamber. >> i believe in the power of
prayer with all my heart. and it's -- i've seen it work. i've seen it work. >> reporter: before rescue crews can re-enter the mine and continue their search, it must be cleared of poison gas. ventilation holes are being drilled and should be completed later today. >> it is an example of sitting up on top of a mountain and penetrating 1100 feet and hitting where you want to hit. you have to hit within a 20-foot area. >> reporter: massey energy has been fined over and over again for improperly ventilating methane gas. but the company stands by its safety record. >> we've worked hard with the federal agencies and the state agencies to mike all of our mines safe. >> reporter: but that's little consolation for this close-knit mining community, and especially for grieving family members. >> you s.t.a.r.t. to depend on god. it's all you can do. >> reporter: one family lost an uncle and two nephews in the blast. and as such a tight-knit community, these mining communities, they really are.
they work together. their children play together. they worship together. so the red cross has been brought in to not only help counsel grieving families, but to also take care of this grieving community. michelle? >> so sad. all right, terrell brown in montcoal, west virginia. terrell, thank you. and the deadly mine accident has triggered another look at mine safety. federal records indicate the upper big branch mine had a worse than average safety record over the past ten years. and massey energy, the company that owns the mine, had been in the sights of safety inspectors for years. bob orr has that part of the story. >> reporter: in the month leading up to the fatal blast, inside the upper big branch mine, inspectors repeatedly cited owner massey energy for serious safety violations. seven separate times the coal operator was hit with ventilation violations. for failing to develop and carry out plans to monitor and remove dust and combustible gas from the mine. massey vigorously contested many of the alleged violations.
and paid just a fraction of the nearly $900,000 in fines levied last year. >> you need to intervene. you need to stop what you're doing. you need to stop the production. you need to say, we've got to get this under control. or we can have consequences. like we've seen. >> reporter: while investigators have reached no conclusions, suspicion focuses on a methane explosion, similar to the one which killed 12 west virginia miners at sago in 2006. >> business is what causes people to have quality of life. >> reporter: but investigators will also focus on the safety culture at massey, run by controversial ceo don blankenship. he issued a statement saying our top priority is the safety of our miners and the well-being of their families. but blankenship drew criticism 4 1/2 years ago with an earlier, internal memo, to is up advisers in which he seemed to stress productivity over safety. we seem not to understand that coal pays the bills. >> even if it wasn't stated, if you're saying that production is
the most important part of our operation, you're implying that safety is not the most important part. >> reporter: blankenship later said his memo was misconstrued and that safety was not secondary. mine fatalities are down dramatically over the past 40 years but there are still serious safety enforcement issues. for example a new government report shows that in 2007, more than half of the mine inspectors audited had not completed their training. bob orr, cbs news, washington. an american charged with entering north korea illegally has been sentenced to eight years of hard labor this morning. aijalon mahli gomes was also fined $700,000. gomes was arrested as he entered north korea from china on january 25th. it's unclear why he crossed the border. three other americans have been arrested after crossing the north korean border in the past 13 months. in a rare, if not unprecedented move, the obama administration has authorized the targeted killing of an
american citizen. radical muslim cleric anwar al you alackey. he is an operative of al qaeda. he's been linked to the attack on ft. hood and an attempted attack on a detroit bound airliner. he was born in new mexico and is believed to be hiding in yemen. an important legal ruling concerning control of the internet. the federal appeals court ruled that the fcc lacks the authority to require broadband providers to give equal access to all internet traffic. that decision means that internet giants like comcast can block, slow down or even charge specific websites like youtube. on the "cbs moneywatch" stocks in asia surged this morning. emily smith is here in new york with that and more. >> hong kong's hang seng gained more than 1% while japan's nikkei ticked up about 0.1%. today, wall street gets the latest numbers on consumer credit. tuesday the dow slipped three points while the nasdaq added 7. citigroup will feel the heat today on capitol hill, a panel
investigating the roots of the financial crisis will ask top executives questions about citi's role in packaging and reselling trillions of dollars worth of risky mortgages, those bad investments threatened the banking system and helped trigger the economic crisis. and you can chock this one up to the recession. fewer americans having babies. the government says just over 4 million reported in 2008. that's the first full year of the recession. that was down 2% from the year before. researchers say some women put off having children while waiting for the economy to improve. spirit airlines taking airline fees to a whole new level. starting in august, the discount airline will charge for those carry-on bags that don't fit under the seat, as much as $45. that's in addition to the fees spirit already charges for checked luggage. the other airlines are not expected to follow suit. and they say there's no such thing as a free lunch but one san francisco restaurant is offering free food for life. comes with a little bit of a catch, though.
you have to get the logo jimmy the corn man tattooed onto your body. the family-owned restaurant actually tried this before and say that 50 people who went through with it didn't come daily, probably because they don't want to eat mexican food every single day. michelle? >> oh, well. >> it's nice to have the option, free lunch every day. >> i guess. but a tattoo? and that little guy. i don't know. >> extreme. >> all right, emily, thanks. and just ahead on the "cbs morning news," not guilty pleas in a massachusetts bullying case. plus a tricky rendezvous in space as the shuttle links up with the space station. while i was building my friendships, my family, while i was building my life, my high cholesterol was contributing to plaque buildup in my arteries. that's why my doctor prescribed crestorst she said plaque buildup in arteries is a real reason to lower cholesterol. and that along with diet,
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three massachusetts teenagers have pleaded not guilty in the alleged bullying death of phoebe prince. 15-year-old prince committed suicide on january 14th. prosecutors say she was a victim of unrelenting bullying at south hadley high school. lawyers for the teenagers entered the pleas before a judge, tuesday, but their clients were not required to appear in court. >> she's a very typical, well-liked, 17-year-old young woman, who has all of a sudden become a world figure. >> the teenagers are free on personal recognizance as long as they stay away from the family of phoebe prince. three other teens are also charged in the case. a latino will become the leader of the catholic archdiocese of los angeles. 58-year-old archbishop jose gomez was chosen to take over the largest roman catholic diocese in the u.s. he has previously served in san antonio and denver. gomez is also an archbishop of opus dei, the conservative
movement favored by the vatican. the mexican-born gomez will become archbishop after cardinal mahoney retires next february. british police arrested two women for trying to take a dead body on a plane. the women were arrested at john lennon airport in liverpool on saturday, when 91-year-old kurt jarrent, in a wheelchair, wearing sunglasses. airport security became suspicious and stepped in to prevent them from boarding on the plane to germany. jarrent's wife and stepdaughter says they thought he was just sleeping. >> he's not dead. a dead person cannot carry on a conversation. checking through security, how can you bring a dead person to germany? >> police theorize that the women might have been trying to avoid paying an estimated $6,000 to ship the body by air. the women are free on bail until june 1st. for women, lowering stroke risk may be a walk in the park, literally. according to a new study
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here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. new york, sunny, windy, and warm at 86. miami, 82. chicago, thunderstorms and 64. denver, 42. los angeles, 68. time now for a check on the national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows a line of thunderstorms crossing the mississippi valley. it's a gray and wet start to the day over the great plains and northern rockies. and it's another beautiful morning across much of the east. now, later today the eastern states will enjoy another gorgeous summerlike day. strong thunderstorms will be rumbling across western sections of the tennessee valley and lower midwest. and it will remain gray and wet over much of the great plains. in sports, connecticut's women capture their second straight college basketball championship. the huskies trailed at halftime but they came back to beat stanford 53-47. it extended their record-setting
win streak to 78 games. and uconn has now won seven national titles. in the nba, milwaukee's john salmon scored 26 points against his former team chicago. the bucks 79-74 win over the bulls wrapped up milwaukee's first playoff berth in four seasons. in cleveland, lebron james scored 19 points against toronto. the 113-101 victory gave the cavaliers the nba's best season record and the home court advantage throughout the playoffs. and in baseball, with the bases loaded, yankees designated hitter nick johnson walked to bring in the tie-breaking run against the red sox. and mariano rivera got the 527th save of his career. that's the most in american league history. yankees went on to win 6-4. when we return we'll take another look at this morning's top stories. and nuclear strategy, the u.s. announces a milestone in nuclear weapons policy.
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on the "cbs morning news" here's a look at today's weather. it will be another gorgeous summerlike day throughout the east. temperatures are expected to break records in many places. thunderstorms will rumble across the lower midwest, and it will stay wet across the plains. here's another look at this morning's top stories. rescue crews are drilling ventilation shafts at the site of a deadly west virginia coal mine explosion. 25 miners were killed by monday's blast. four others are still missing. and an american charged with entering north korea illegally has been sentenced to eight years of hard labor. aijalon mahli gomes was arrested as he entered north korea from china on january 25th.
the military says it can't find its copy of that disturbing video showing an attack by army helicopters in iraq. the gun camera video surfaced on the internet, raising questions about the rules of engagement. army helicopters in 2007 opened fire on men they believed to be armed. two reporters from reuters carrying cameras were among those killed. two children were wounded. the obama administration is taking some heat for a new policy on the use of nuclear weapons. some republicans say the revamped policy weakens the u.s. david martin explains. >> reporter: the cold war ended more than two decades ago, american nuclear strategy finally caught up with history. under the new policy adopted by the obama administration, the greatest threat is no longer all-out nuclear war. but the chance that just one weapon will fall into the hands of a terrorist or rogue state. >> given al qaeda's continued quest for nuclear weapons, iran's ongoing nuclear efforts,
and north korea's proliferation, this focus is appropriate, and indeed essential, an essential change from previous reviews. >> reporter: nations have always viewed nuclear weapons as weapons of last resort. but for a terrorist they would be the first choice. which accounts for this truly alarming prediction by graham allison of harvard university. >> it is more likely than not, within the next five years, there's a successful nuclear or biological terrorist attack somewhere in the world. >> reporter: for the first time ever, the new policy limits the circumstances under which the u.s. would resort to nuclear weapons. assuring nations which do not have them and do not try to get them they have nothing to worry about. but when it comes to nuclear wanna-bes like north korea and iran, or terrorist groups like al qaeda, american policy is just as threatening as it always was. >> all options are on the table when it comes to countries in that category. >> reporter: stopping the spread
of nuclear weapons is the first step toward president obama's ultimate goal of eliminating them. secretary of state clinton called the new policy a milestone. but if the goal is to eliminate nuclear weapons, it will be a very long road. david martin, cbs news, the pentagon. here's a story for you. some snail mail that really took its time. a virginia woman, who was a little girl at the time, mailed a valentine in a letter to her aunt at duke university more than 75 years ago. well, they never made it and said they were discovered last month by the postal service. she says she's not angry, even though her aunt, who passed away in january, never got the letters. >> it's a great tribute to the postal system. it gets a lot of bad press now and they're talking about doing away with it altogether. what are you going to do about letters? >> it's believed the letters fell beneath the mail counter or got stuck in an old mail bag before being found recently. this morning on "the early show," we'll have live updates from west virginia on the mine
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